100 Days In Office: I Am Embarking On Hiring Core Professionals – Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says the priority for his government as the second term gets underway is to higher professionals within the next 100 days. 

According to Governor Obaseki, the Edo State Government is expected to hire 3,000 new teachers and will also be creating new jobs in the agricultural sector.

He said this move will tackle the unemployment within the state.

Obaseki who was a guest on Channels Television Politics Today also spoke on reconciliation and healing efforts following his re-election.

READ ALSO: My Reelection Has Restored Confidence In Democracy, Says Obaseki

The governor on Thursday said he will not fail to reach out to his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole if he believes that the former APC Chairman has something tangible to contribute to the growth of Edo State.

“If I find out that he (Adams Oshiomhole) has anything to contribute as a citizen of Edo, sure, I would reach out to him,” Obaseki stated.

The governor, however, noted that at this point in time, he doesn’t see any positive contribution that Oshiomhole can make.

Speaking further, Governor Obaseki said his main opponent in the recently conducted Edo guber race, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is yet to reach out to him.

Mr.Obaseki reiterated that there is no bitterness, adding that he has said on several occasions that Ize-Iyamu should work with the present government.

“If he reaches out to me, I will embrace him and if he has anything positive to contribute to our government we will welcome such contributions,” the governor said.

Obaseki Dissolves Cabinet, Lauds Contributions Of Ex-Exco Members In Devt Of Edo

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, dissolved the state executive council ahead of his inauguration for a second term in office.

The governor, who announced the dissolution at a valedictory executive council session at the Government House in Benin City, expressed appreciation to the outgoing council members for their selfless service to the state.

Obaseki said: “Since I became governor, I didn’t sack any commissioner, but rather they sacked me by resigning from my cabinet. What is important in government are the core values of truth, justice, and fairness.

“When elected to serve the people, let us truly serve the people, as we will give account to God. I can’t claim success alone, what I did was to create the opportunity for you to serve.”

Obaseki urged former members of his cabinet to continue to work and support his administration, adding, “You are all part of this administration and architects of the new design for the growth and development of the state.”

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, commended the governor for his leadership style, adding that all former members of the cabinet learnt from his political ideology.

“You have shown that you are a good leader. I appeal to you to continue with the good works. God has put you as the governor to lead Edo to a greater height and we all will continue to support you.”

Outgoing Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., commended the governor for his leadership style, adding that the governor’s leadership style prompted the cabinet members to be efficient and effective in service delivery.

On her part, the outgoing Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Mrs. Maria Edeko, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve in his cabinet.

IGP Visits Edo State On Assessment Of Destroyed Properties

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited Edo State to assess the level of damage done to police stations and other properties in the state.

IGP Adamu who was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and other top officials visited officers on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) after sustaining injuries in attacks carried out by hoodlums in the wake of #EndSARS protests.

READ ALSO: IGP Condemns Destruction Of Properties In Lagos, Says Culprits Will Be Arrested

They also visited Ivbiotor and Ugbekun Police Station both located in Benin city, the state capital, and the Nigeria Correctional Service Custodial Center in Sapele Road, Benin City.

Photo collage of some of the police stations destroyed in the attacks.

The IGP is currently on a tour of police formations destroyed during the recent attack on some stations in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss was in Lagos State on Tuesday and he condemned the action of the hoodlums who wreaked havoc by destroying both public and private properties.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need to adopt standard protocols for public protests.

#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

A map of Edo State.

 

Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry into circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protests in Edo State.

Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday

He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”

The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.

Other duties of the panel are to, “advise on compensation or restitution to the victims, or- where the victim has been killed- to the family of the victim, based on the condition which shall be clearly laid out by the Committee.”

They are also to recommend and direct the Attorney General to immediately prosecute all persons responsible for the various crimes committed; to recommend measures to forestall reoccurrences in the future; to make any other recommendations to government in furtherance of the mandate of this Committee.

The Panel has been given 90 days to complete this assignment and all hearings will be open to the general public.

The members of the panel are listed below…

  1. Hon Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, Chairperson;
  2. Bishop Feb Idahosa, (Clergy);
  3. Francis Osayi, (ASUU);
  4. Comrade Osahon Obasuyi (NYC);
  5. Prest Aigbokhian (Civil Society);
  6. Mrs Uloaku Uzamere (NCWS):
  7. Comrade Pius Efofan (NANS);
  8. Pius Okpere (#EndSARS Movement);
  9. Comrade Kola Edokpayi (#EndSARS Movement);
  10. Mrs Felicia Monyei (Ministry of Justice);
  11. Representative of security forces;
  12. Mrs Joyce Ugbodaga, Secretary to the Committee

Armed Men Attack #EndSARS Protesters In Benin

The ongoing protest against police brutality and extrajudicial killings was on Friday disrupted in Edo State as the protesters were attacked by some armed men.

The attackers struck after the protesters gathered at the King’s axis of Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The attackers chased the protesters as they brandished machetes and shot into the air.

One of the protesters told Channels Television that many have been injured following the attack and insisted that the armed men were sponsored to disrupt the peaceful demonstration.

The protesters however repelled the attackers. They insist on carrying out peaceful demonstrations until their demands are met.

See more photos from the protest below…

 

-Obaseki Condemns Attack-

The State Governor Godwin Obaseki in a swift response condemned the attack and condoled with the victims.

He assured that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice.

The governor who responded in a series of tweets charged the Edo State Police Command to come out in full force to provide adequate security to the protesters, as they were exercising their rights as concerned citizens of Nigeria.

See tweets below….

 

 

 

“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people who are expressing genuine concerns over police brutality and intimidation in their own country.

 

“I hereby call on the Edo State Police Command to get out on the streets and provide adequate security for the protesters and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights.”

Alleged Embezzlement Of Funds: Obaseki Says New Findings Justify Shutting Down Colleges Of Education

File Photo of Governor Godwin Obaseki by Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, says the decision to shut down Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi has been vindicated by reports of misappropriation of funds by the management.

Obaseki stated this on Friday when he received the final report from the commission of inquiry into activities of the institutions headed by Former Head Of Service, Mrs Gladys Idahor at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

“One underlying trend of these institutions is poor governance,” the governor lamented.

According to him, the institutions were so badly run that they were all grounded and he believes that “it was the height of deception”, for any Edo person to have insisted that they continued with the rot.

 

Governor Obaseki meets with the commission of inquiry on reports of misappropriation of funds by the management of Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi.

 

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He, therefore, insisted that those indicted by the commission’s findings will face the consequences of their actions, noting that his administration had already taken steps to transform the institutions into standard manpower training centres.

“We thank God that we had the courage to take the actions we needed to take and institutions that are to be shut down, are shut down and restructuring processes have commenced.

“We will like to look deep into these reports and as I’ve always said, we must try to get away from this penchant of people allowing people mismanage public resources, run-down public institutions and they go scot-free.

“We want to look at these reports and see if there are any grounds for prosecuting some of these people who are involved in the destruction of these institutions.

“These schools were set up to serve certain purposes, to help in training high-quality manpower to serve the state. They were not set up to serve the interests of a few people and their godfathers and by the grace of God, with the renewed mandate which the Edo people have given me, I will not allow a situation where the bad habits that led to the destruction of these fine institutions, are allowed to continue”.

With another four years ahead of him, the Edo State Governor has reiterated his commitment to education reforms.

During his campaigns, he had explained how his administration transformed basic education in the state, through EdoBest, “to the applaud of the whole world.”

According to him, Edobest involved the use of technology to facilitate education; a system he said, has come in handy through the pandemic.

Edo Election: Obaseki’s Victory Is Historic, A Lesson For Leaders – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated its candidate in the Edo State Governorship Election, Godwin Obaseki, for his re-election, describing the victory as historic.

The party in a statement signed by the on Sunday also noted that it is a lesson for all leaders to learn from.

They commended the electoral process and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “continue to toe this new line of allowing for electoral uprightness, history will be beckoned to be kind to him”.

“On account of the reverberation of this victory across the length and breadth of our country, [email protected] implores President @MBuhari to continue in this newfound spirit of ensuring that the people are allowed to freely choose their leaders at all elections,” the party said.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run the governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obaseki flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violent.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

In the run-up to the election, Governor Obaseki had reiterated severally that his victory will mark the end of ‘godfatherism’ in the state and ultimately, the country.

For the party, the victory is a loud lesson to the ‘godfathers’ that power belongs only to God.

“To the “political godfathers”, this election must serve as a loud lesson that power belongs only to God, which He confers through the people; and that no matter how an individual strives to lord it over others, the will of God, through the people, will always prevail.

They also thanked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmood for ensuring that the election was conducted in a manner that was largely adjudged to be free, fair, transparent and credible.

“Nigerians hope that what we have witnessed in Edo state will not be an off-season procedure in the commission. We demand that this credible process applies to all our elections,” the PDP said.

Edo Governorship Election In Pictures

 

Over 480,000 Edo residents, came out to partake in the state governorship election on Saturday.

This is the first major election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the COVID-19 era.

To ensure a safe exercise, INEC officials were on the ground to enforce the use of face masks as part of COVID-19 guidelines.

Security officials were also deployed to a free, fair and safe exercise.

Below are major sights from the Edo State governorship election.

 

Voters Begin To Vote

 

Godwin Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu Vote

 

 

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Mild Tension As Fight Breaks Out At Polling Unit In Oredo LGA

‘Card Readers Were Very Slow’: Shocked Obaseki Faults INEC

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Saturday said he was “surprised” and “shocked” at the slowness of card readers after he cast his vote in the Governorship poll being held in the state.

He said it is sad that such a glitch is being experienced after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given assurances that such problems would be avoided.

Mr. Obaseki is standing for re-election with the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu his closest challenger.

READ ALSO: Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Godwin Obaseki speaks after casting his vote.

 

“This would have been much better organised,” Obaseki said, referring to the conduct of the voting exercise.

He continued: “Today, the card readers were very slow and that is the situation across most high-voting population centres in Oredo from the reports I’ve gotten till now. For me, that’s a bit worrying.

“If I, as Governor, could stand in the queue for more than one and a half hour to cast my vote, you can imagine what other people are going through across major voting centres in Oredo.

“I am surprised, and shocked because this was touted and INEC gave us assurances that nothing like this would happen.”

Edo Election: Mild Tension As Fight Breaks Out At Polling Unit

 

There was a mild tension on Saturday at one of the polling units in Edo State where the governorship election is taking place.

The incident occurred at Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

This is where Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is one of the candidates in the poll, is expected to cast his vote.

Channels Television gathered that the fracas was as a result of a misunderstanding between an agent of a political party and a supposed election observer.

This occurred while some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were setting up for the election.

READ ALSO: Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.

 

The politician was said to have mistaken the observer for another party agent and challenged him for sitting on a seat meant for the electoral officials.

As a result, both men engaged in an altercation as other electorates at the venue watched.

The situation was later brought under control following the intervention of the security agencies on the ground.

Representatives of the two leading political parties in the state traded words over who should be blamed for the incident.

The election in Edo is scheduled to hold in all the 18 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.

Though there are fourteen political parties in the gubernatorial race, stats suggest that the real race is between the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There are fears that things might degenerate as have been seen in past elections, the police and other security agencies have assured voters of their safety, urging them to conduct themselves in a very orderly manner.

Edo Decides: Obaseki, Wife Vote In Oredo [Photos]

Governor Godwin Obaseki and his wife, Betsy Obaseki have cast their vote at the ongoing elections in Edo State. 

The incumbent governor and his wife voted at Unit 19, Ward 4, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

Earlier on, there was mild tension at Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo where the governor cast his vote.

Channels Television gathered that the fracas was as a result of a misunderstanding between an agent of a political party and a supposed election observer.

This occurred while some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were setting up for the election.

READ ALSO: Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Godwin Obaseki casts his vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.

 

The party agent was said to have mistaken the observer for another party agent and challenged him for sitting on a seat meant for the electoral officials.

As a result, both men engaged in an altercation as other electorates at the venue watched.

The situation was later brought under control following the intervention of the security agencies on the ground.

Godwin Obaseki casts his vote.

Obaseki arrives polling unit.
Obaseki arrives polling unit.

Over 480,000 Voters Failed To Collect PVCs In Edo – INEC

 

Over 480,000 voters will not be able to partake in the ongoing election in Edo State, this is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a booklet giving statistical details of proceedings in Edo State, INEC revealed that out of 2,210,534 registered voters, only 1,726,738 would be allowed to participate in the governorship election.

The communique further revealed that 483,796 voters would not be allowed to participate in the exercise because they didn’t collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs).

The Commission also stated that the election will be conducted in 2,627 polling units in 192 electoral wards across the 18 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.


Edo Decides: Obaseki, Wife Vote In Oredo

Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Edo Election: Mild Tension As Fight Breaks Out At Polling Unit


Below is a breakdown of the stats for registered voters, collected PVCs, and uncollected PVCs.



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